1. A twisting, slender structure by which a plant, such as a grape or cucumber, twines around and often climbs an object or another plant.
2. Something, such as a ringlet of hair, that is long, slender, and curling.
[French tendrillon, from Old French, diminutive of tendron, young shoot, from tendre, tender; see TENDER1.]
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